These policies apply to our demand partners, meaning anyone who buys inventory on the OpenX Ad Exchange. These policies don’t replace or alter your OpenX Ad Exchange agreement – they are in addition to those terms. Use of the OpenX Ad Exchange requires your agreement to follow and abide by these guidelines and any guidelines or requirements specified in the user interface made available through the OpenX Ad Exchange. If you do not agree to comply with such guidelines and requirements, you have no right to use the OpenX Ad Exchange. OpenX may update these policies from time to time.
Prohibited Creatives and Related Content
You cannot use the OpenX Ad Exchange for ads that do any of the following (or link to any website, app or other online property that does any of the following):
- Promote fireworks;
- Promote electronic cigarettes or vaping devices;
- Promote Salvia divinorum or Salvinorin A;
- Contain nudity or suggestive content or images;
- Promote adult products, including sex toys and sexual enhancers;
- Promote online gambling (including daily fantasy sports in jurisdictions where daily fantasy sports is considered to be illegal online gambling);
- Promote adult-themed dating, escort services, “mail-order brides,” or similar services;
- Install spyware, trojans, viruses or other malware;
- Incite hatred of any race, religion, creed, class or ethnic group, or of any individual or group;
- Describe, depict, or glorify pain, suffering, torture, violence or death of or against humans or animals;
- Sell or promote firearms, ammunition, bombs or other weapons, or related design materials, including handgun safety certificates and BB guns;
- Sell or promote illegal drugs, drug paraphernalia, or ways to pass a drug test;
- Promote P2P file-sharing, torrent, or anything that facilitates or promotes copyright infringement;
- Infringe intellectual property rights;
- Promote or contain libel or fraud;
- Violate any applicable law, regulation, governmental rule or court order
- Contain profanity;
- Promote hacking, cracking, or warez;
- Promote any other products, services, or content that are illegal, promote harmful activity, or infringe on the rights of others. This includes sites that provide “how-to” information on bomb-making, lock-picking, and similar topics;
- Sell or promote tobacco, cigarette papers, or blunt wraps;
- Are misleading or contain content that is not reflective of what the user will find on the clickthrough URL;
- Employ phishing techniques or seek to trick the user into providing sensitive information by misrepresenting the identity of the advertiser;
- Contain audio that is triggered by anything other than a click (such as auto-play or rollover-initiated audio);
- Contain annoying or distracting images, or excessive animation;
- Initiate a download;
- Automatically redirect the user to a new page or app;
- Pop-up on a webpage, upon banner open, or upon page exit;
- Expand beyond their original size;
- Automatically refresh;
- Mimic system errors or messages; and/or
- Are unbranded.
Prohibited Creatives and Related Content for Minors
For properties that are directed to minors under the age of 18, in addition to the prohibitions listed above, you cannot use the OpenX Ad Exchange for ads that do any of the following (or link to any website, app or other online property that does any of the following):
- Promote alcoholic beverages;
- Promote lotteries, lottery games, or lottery tickets;
- Promote spray paint;
- Promote etching cream;
- Promote tanning services utilizing ultraviolet light;
- Promote dietary products containing ephedrine group alkaloids;
- Promote body branding, piercing or tongue-splitting;
- Promote permanent tattoos; and/or
- Promote daily fantasy sports.
You can only use the OpenX Ad Exchange for ads that do any of the following (or link to any website, app or other online property that does any of the following) if you have prior written approval from OpenX (email sufficing):
- Sell or promote products related to sexual health, including condoms and birth control devices; and/or
- Promote or depict political or religious topics.
Other Restricted Creatives and Related Content
If you use the OpenX Ad Exchange for ads related to alcohol, fantasy sports, state lotteries, or gambling, you are responsible for complying with all applicable laws and industry guidelines, including those that impose requirements related to the audience receiving such ads, those that require any notices to users regarding the legality of such ads in certain jurisdictions, and any licensing or registration requirements with applicable authorities or industry groups.
Better Ads Standards
OpenX will only deliver advertisements to domains that are in compliance with the Better Ads Standards developed by the Coalition for Better Ads. For more information, see www.betterads.org.
SSL traffic can be identified in the bid request using the secure parameter (OpenRTB) or the ssl_enabled (OpenX Proprietary API) parameter. If secure or ssl_enabled = 1, you must bid only if your ad and all accompanying elements, such as tracking pixels, are SSL-compliant. If you would like OpenX to drop your secure pixel on secure inventory, please provide your OpenX account manager with your secure pixel to drop.
Effective February 1, 2017, OpenX will no longer allow Flash display creatives in the OpenX Ad Exchange. We recommend that you continue to convert your display creative assets to HTML5, as any Flash display creatives will automatically be discarded and prevented from competing in our exchange.
Resale of Impressions
You may only purchase inventory for use directly by an advertiser (or direct agent of an advertiser) with which you have a direct relationship. Reselling, distributing or otherwise sub-syndicating inventory to another indirect sales channel (e.g., another ad network or trading desk) is prohibited.
You will comply with the applicable Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) Self-Regulatory Principles published at www.aboutads.info and, as applicable, with the IAB Europe EU Framework for Online Behavioural Advertising and the EASA Best Practice Recommendation on Online Behavioral Advertising, which are administered by the European Interactive Digital Advertising Alliance and published at www.edaa.eu.
- Video demand must respect the requirements of the publisher (e.g., auto play, sound on/off, ad duration) as communicated in the bid request.
- VAST video advertising can only be served into a publisher supported video player (in-banner video is not permitted).
Use of 3rd Party Pixels
When syncing cookies with OpenX, you will not add or drop any 3rd party pixels without the express written approval of OpenX’s VP, Marketplace Quality or his designee, email sufficing. If consent is given, it will be limited to pixels placed by data management platforms or other approved data providers. By requesting such consent, you agree not to place pixels other than those for which consent is requested.
All OpenX demand partners are required to scan their creatives and associated landing pages for malware and other related threats using a service such as The Media Trust, GeoEdge, Confiant, or Adlightning.
At OpenX’s sole discretion, OpenX may assess a surcharge for any violation of these policies and/or immediately terminate your access to the Ad Exchange (in addition to any other legal or contractual remedies). If OpenX assesses a surcharge, we will use our reasonable discretion to set the amount of the charge, taking into account the nature of the violation, the additional work and expense OpenX incurred in dealing with the violation, and the harm done to the OpenX Ad Exchange, OpenX’s reputation and/or to other OpenX clients.